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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mrs. Ratan Kanwar Rathore UDC, of AIR Jodhpur Takes voluntary retirement on 30-11-2016

Mrs Ratan Kanwar Rathore, UDC at All India Radio, Jodhpur, took voluntary retirement on 30-11-2016. She joined as CG II. She joined on compassionate grounds on 09-01-1986, after the tragic death of her husband, who was Announcer at All India Radio, Jodhpur. Having joined as CG II, she reared her two small sons, along with her tough job. In 1991, she got promoted to the post of CG I ( UDC ) . She was brave enough to work at difficult stations like Jaisalmer and Barmer.
All India Radio, Jodhpur and Prasar Bharati Parivar wishes her a Healthy, and Happy retired life. May God Bless the whole family. 

Information about other retiring officers (of all grades and disciplines) may be added on the blog. Please mail details of retiring friends from your station to Retiring friends may also like to address their friends through this blog for which they can send their photo & write-ups to for possible upload on the blog.

Contributed by :- Shri. Anil Kumar Goel ,

Farm and Home Golden Jubilee Quiz competitions and Farmers’ Meet: Alappuzha

‘Vayalum Veedum’ (Farm and Home) broadcast in Kerala is completing its Golden Jubilee. As part of the year long celebrations of Golden Jubilee, Agricultural Quiz competition and Farmers’ Meet are being conducted in every district. The Golden Jubilee quiz and Farmers’ Meet for Alappuzha district was conducted under the leadership of All India Radio, Thiruvananthapuram.

Alappuzha district level function was conducted in association with Chethana Integrated Development Society at Kayamkulam. Bishop Dr. Joshua Mar Ignatius inaugurated the event. Shri. R C Gopal, Station Director of AIR Thiruvananthapuram presided over the function. Fourteen teams of two farmers each, representing each block in the district had participated in the quiz. Mavelikkara Block won the First Prize in the Quiz. Sri. S K Suresh, Chief Executive Officer of Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Kerala, distributed the prizes. Every participant received Merit Certificate and Memento from All India Radio and radio sets gifted by Chethana. The winners also received special cash prizes sponsored by IFFCO. Dr. P Muraleedharan, Head of Krishi Vijnan Kendra, Alappuzha was the moderator in the face-to-face session of Farmers’ Meet. Shri. T Shivakumar, Subject Matter Specialist with Krishi Vijnan Kendra, CPCRI Kayamkulam and Dr. S S Rani, Assistant Director of Animal Husbandry Department were the quiz masters. 

Contributed by :- Shri. Muraleedharan Thazhakara, PEX, AIR Thiruvananthapuram, 

A dancer’s appreciation

Many whose lives have been touched by his music and personality will surely have more reminiscences to share.M. Balamuralikrishna enriched all our lives with his amazingly prodigious music, including a plethora of compositions for classical dance, but also with his kindness and compassionate nature that soothed, reassured and inspired all who had the good fortune to know him personally. Many whose lives have been touched by his music and personality will surely have more reminiscences to share, yet I can’t let him pass into history without my small contribution in appreciation of this great soul.

Discussing his passing with my Odissi dance students, those unfamiliar with any of his 400 music compositions knew him through Doordarshan’s ‘Mile sur mera tumhara, to sur bane humara’ that brilliantly showed the harmonious unity of India through our greatest artists. Each master’s contribution is etched in our memories, none sweeter than the nectar of BMK’s voice. His voice melted any divide between Carnatic and Hindustani musical atmas.

If you have happened to see one of my Odissi performances in the last couple of decades, you may recall my signature Moksha programme conclusion choreographed to Balamurali’s Omkarakarini in 1991. When we became acquainted years ago he suggested this to add to my Odissi repertoire. Our friendship came about thanks to a dear mutual friend who, on hearing that a fine popular musician from Bombay has suggested a collaboration, urged me to pass on that and meet Balamurali instead for something more befitting my artistic objectives.

As a dancer, I love performing this piece for several reasons. Instead of only describing Devi, one embodies her which makes it possible to both offer darshan to rasikas as well as entreating divine help to dissolve my egotism. Every repetition of Omkarakarini allows me to feel the wonder of oneness with every individual in the audience, every constellation in the sky, every floorboard on the stage.Omkarakarini was composed in a new raga Lavangi. In his typically droll and understated manner, Balamurali related how he had composed the music for this. After participating in a music conference which concluded that to be considered a raga, there must be a minimum five notes, he went home and created raga Lavangi with four notes. Of course his innovations like this raised eyebrows, but he was least concerned with naysayers as he knew that the integrity of his work would speak for itself.

Odissi dance and music are situated at the crossroads of Hindustani and Carnatic traditions, with a strong case being made these days for Odiya music as a standalone classical genre. The opportunity to draw on the many varanams, thilanas and kirtans loved by Bharatanatyam dancers is outside my dance sphere, though I have performed a jugalbandi to one of his thilanas under the auspices of his MKB Trust during the Chennai music festival.Stating that Balamuralikrishna was a musical genius is not superlative but actual fact. As a child, he could immediately and accurately imitate the vocal styles of all the great artistes of his day and was on the stage by the age of 6 or 8. He told me he never needed to do any riaz, but I imagine that singing and composing constantly was not what he would call practice. With his command over the depth and breadth of Carnatic music (not to mention Rabindrasangeet, more later) he was boundlessly creative within tradition. He innovated in new ragas, some with only 3-4 notes and also in creating a new tala system.

An interest in supporting research into music therapy, along with developing art and culture in general, led to his establishing the MBH Trust. It was certainly a great pleasure and honour to be asked to present a paper ‘Innovations in Odissi Dance Abhinaya’ and perform in Madras in 1993 for his MBK Trust Seminar.I have seen the incredible list of his live concerts ranging from 18,000 to 25,000, and have been fortunate enough to attend only a few, though I cherish the memory of being asked to join his accompanists on stage once and given a token instrument to add to the rhythm.

We seldom know or remember the distinguished achievements of those we call friends unless we hear a very lengthy introduction before a lecture or performance, or their obituary. I certainly knew he was a Padmavibhusan. He joked, “no one should want a Bharat Ratna because it means you are about to die.”Being a Delhiwalli, I wouldn’t know that his versatile areas of excellent included a national award as ‘best playback singer’ for his participation in the film Hamsageeth and as ‘best music director’ for the film Madhvacharya; nor that he was All India Radio’s music producer at the Hyderabad and Vijayawada stations in the late ‘60s and the principal of the Government Music college in Vijayawada at the same time.

What touched me dearly was learning that his recordings for posterity of the entire repertoire of Tagore’s Rabindra Sangeet at the request of All India Radio were ardently embraced by Bengali Bhadralok and rasika’s. This is a tribute to the expansiveness of his capacity of identification with this music and his communicative ability. It is also a tribute to fiercely culturally protective Bengalis to acknowledge his gift to them with open arms. The first Indian dance compositions I learned were set to Rabindra Sangeet when I learned Manipuri in Ann Arbor, Michigan and performed for Saraswati Pujas Tagore’s Birthday celebrations as an ex-officio member of the Bengali community. Even today, focused on Odissi, I still feel emotional whenever I hear Rabindra Sangeet and I dance my mental Ras in Shantineketan.

Besides being out of the box as a famous Carnatic vocalist, Balamuralikrishna was one the relatively small tribe of great artists who are versatile not only in other genres but also other disciplines. He played kanjira, mridangam, viola and violin. It would be difficult to choose between his solo viola concerts or vocal, thank goodness he did both, and accompanied various musicians in violin just because he loved to.His “durbars” in Andhra Pradesh Bhavan whenever he stopped in Delhi were an opportunity to anyone to feel at peace in his presence. He was mischievous and wise, childlike and perceptive, humble with great dignity. To think of his laugh, the twinkle in his eye, the divinity of the artistic gifts he shared unselfishly, is enough to feel a smile spread across your heart.

— Sharon Lowen is a respected exponent of Odissi, Manipuri and Mayurbhanj and Seraikella Chau whose four-decade career in India was preceded by 17 years of modern dance and ballet in the US and an MA in dance from the University of Michigan. She can be contacted at sharonlowen.workshop@

Forwarded By: Jainender Nigam,PB NewsDesk ,


Vice Admiral H C S Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam has visited All India Radio, Visakhapatnam today i.e. on 29.11.2016 and delivered a message/interview in connection with NAVY DAY on 04.12.2016.

Contributed by :- Shri. D.R. Prasad, Deputy Director General (Engg.), AIR, Siripuram, Visakhapatnam.

RPAC Meeting - Farm and Home: AIR Thiruvananthapuram

 The Rural Program Advisory Committee (RPAC) meeting of Akashvani Thiruvananthapuram station was conducted at ‘Chethana’ an NGO. The meeting was chaired by Shri. R C Gopal, Station Director, AIR Thiruvananthapuram and was inaugurated by Fr. Dr. Bovas Mathew, Executive Director of Malankara Social Service Society. Representatives of various Central and State Government departments, public sector undertakings and NGOs attended the meeting. The Preview-Review report was presented by the Programme Executive (Farm and Home) in the advisory meeting. Fr. Binni Nedumpurathu, Director of Chethana and Shri. P M Unnikrishnan Unnithan, Assistant Director (Programmes), All India Radio Thiruvananthapuram, also addressed the meeting.

Contributed by :- Shri. Muraleedharan Thazhakara, PEX, AIR Thiruvananthapuram

उर्दू प्रोग्राम "आईना " के तहत जनाब मिर्ज़ा मुमताज़ बेग से गुफ़्तगू का प्रसारण कल सुबह

आकाशवाणी भोपाल से कल तारीख़ 30/11/2016 (दिन बुधवार ) की सुबह, 08.30 बजे उर्दू प्रोग्राम "आईना " के तहत ‘‘ क़दीम दस्तावेज़ात के तहफ़्फ़ुज़’के मौज़ू पर, नेशनल आर्काइव्ज़ ऑफ़ इंडिया, रीजनल सेन्टर भोपाल के , आर्काइविस्ट, ज़नाब मिर्जा मुमताज़ बेग से ,जनाब रईस सिद्दीक़ी द्वारा की गई ,गुफ़्तगू का प्रसारण किया जायेगा !
यहाँ यह बताना मुनासिब होगा कि, इस गुफ़्तगू में ,भोपाल की क़दीम तारीख़ और तहज़ीब से संबंधित, दस्तावेज़ात और पांडुलिपियों पर भी, बातचीत की गई है !

Contributed by :- Shri. Rajeev Shrivastava. Co-ordinator & PPR Head, Akashvani,

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Shri M. Satheeshkumar, Motor Driver Grade I, HPT, Doordarshan, Kochi retires on 30.11.2016

Shri M. Satheeshkumar, Motor Driver Grade I, HPT, Doordarshan, Kochi retires on superannuation on 30.11.2016. He started his career in the Department as Motor Driver on 01.11.1985at Doordarshan HPT, Kochi.During his entire service career of 30 years he has always been dedicated to his duties. Apart from excellence in his own work field, he acquired thorough knowledge in computer related fields and photography . Shri Satheeshkumar will be remembered for his amiable behavior & leading role in socio cultural activities for good. We, the staff members of Doordarshan HPT, 

Kochi and Prasar Bharati Parivar wish him peaceful, healthy and prosperous future life.

Forwarded by :- SE,HPT,DD,KOCHI ,

AIR Artiste Yashaswi, Anupama enthrall audience

The second and last day of Pt Manohar Kaslikar memorial music festival ended on a successful note. Hindustani classical vocalist Yashaswi Sarpotdar and sitarist Anupama Bhagwat performed during the programme at Scientific Society Hall, on Saturday evening.There was a positive response from the audience, comprising youngsters and senior citizens alike. Sarpotdar started the event with two songs based on raag Lalita Gouri and raag Kamod. She followed it up with a bhajan, 'Guru bin kon batave baat' which drew a loud applause from the audience. She has trained under pandita Padma Talwalkar, who has also accompanied her on Tanpura in various classical vocal concerts. A graded All India Radio artiste, she has released CDs to her credit. Dressed in a green and red sari, her rhythm was upbeat. Anupama Bhagwat concluded the festival by playing sitar. She rendered a dhun on Kafi raga. Born in a family of musicians, Anupama, began her training in Sitar in Bhillai with RN Verma at the age of nine. She later trained under late pandit Bimalendu Mukherjee, a doyen of Imdakhani Gharana. She too is a graded All India Radio artiste.Dr Shreeram Kane, an oncologist and an avid lover of Hindustani classical, said that the artistes were good and they could perform better if only they gott more exposure. He also said that audience support and their receptiveness mattered a lot.

Source and Credit :-
Forwarded by :- Shri. Jainendra Nigam PB News Desk

After a while, the lines between genres are blurred - Shashank Subramanyam

Shashank Subramanyam started playing flute in the professional circuit at the age of six, and was registered as an 'A' grade artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan TV at age 13. The 4 prodigous Carnatic flautist has since played with world-famous musicians of various genres and was nominated for a Grammy for “Floating Point”, his album with Blues legend John McLaughlin. After his debut at the Bengal Classical Music Fest, he sat down with The Daily Star.

How was your first impression of the Dhaka audience?
Shashank: It was fantastic. I heard a lot about this festival. And in my career of 30 years, this is the first time I got to perform in Bangladesh. It was a magical experience.You have collaborated with international artistes of great stature. When you're performing with someone from a different genre, how does it play into your musical stylistic elements? Shashank: When you perform with someone else, after a while, lines between music melt; it becomes Indian music -- and then, just music. That is why musicians who collaborate a lot, often cannot restrain themselves to a particular genre in its hardcore sense. You always mingle with different musicians and try to understand where they are coming from, and try to blend with them. You have developed a number of unique flute playing techniques.

How do you go about developing these, and discovering new aspects of the flute?
Shashank: For someone like me who started professionally at six years old, I had to face many challenging situations; many times I was found lacking. Maybe I could not mingle well with a violin, or I was playing with a faster instrument, like the sitar. All these encounters, kind of leads you into inventing new things. It's not something I have tried to do intentionally. Wherever I felt I had to do something new, things happened. It is important to keep working on it.Many flute players look up to you for these innovations you have done.

How can they learn these techniques?
Shashank: These techniques have a musical background. As an audience, you are only seeing the surface. But to learn it, they have to learn the technical background also, and not the technique alone. They need to know why that technique came about. It is possible. I teach many students, and some of them are able to do it. You're a Carnatic flautist but you have trained in Hindustani Classical as well. Can you tell us of a few distinctions between Carnatic and north Indian flute, and music? Shashank: I specialize in Carnatic but I also trained in Hindustani music for knowledge. The very music is different in the two forms. The interpretation of ragas is different. North Indian flute is a six-hole flute, mine is an eight-hole flute. In Carnatic, we are more trying to reproduce the gayaki (vocal) style in its actual sense. All our compositions are made for vocal that we try to perform instrumentally, whereas in North Indian music, there are compositions for meant for specific instruments. There are many differences in the way we improvise. Also, South Indian music is rhythm-wise very strong. It has very complex rhythms, and we have to undergo strict rhythm training. 

Source and Credit :-

Forwarded by :- Shri. Jainendra Nigam PB News Desk

JIPMER introduces wellness programme for AIR staff

Marking the Golden Jubilee year of broadcast of All India Radio (AIR) Puducherry, a staff wellness programme was conducted for all its the staff members in JIPMER.

According to a JIPMER release here today, this wellness programme had a comprehensive health checkup.Smart cards was issued to each staff in which all the clinical datas will be stored and retrieved at periodical reviews.In a formal function today, Dr Subhash Chandra Parija, Director, JIPMER inaugurated the wellness programme in the presence of Dr J Balachander, Medical Superintendent, JIPMER.The first smart card was issued to Mr Prabhakaran, Assistant Director (Programmes) AIR.

Forwarded by :- Shri. Jainendra Nigam PB News Desk

Monday, November 28, 2016

PM Modi's Mann Ki Baat, November 2016

Inspiration-91 साल की डॉक्टर जो मरीज़ों से नहीं लेती फीस आपको हमारा सलाम

अब उनके चेहरे पर झुर्रियां साफ दिखती है, हाथ भी कांपते हैं, अब उम्र की वजह से चलने-फिरने में भी दिक्कत होती है, लेकिन आज भी उनके हौसले में कोई कमी नहीं आई है। वो हम सबके लिए आदर्श हैं और मानवता का पाठ हम सभी को पढ़ा रही है। शायद ही कोई होगा जो उन्हें सलाम करे बिना रह जाए। आज हम आपको एक ऐसी हस्ती के बारे में बताने जा रहे है जो अपने जीवन के उस पड़ाव पर हैं जहाँ इंसान अपने हौसलों को खो देता है मगर 91 वर्षीय डॉ. भक्ति यादव इन सब से अनछुई हैं।

वो 91 साल की हैं, लेकिन आज तक ऐसा नहीं हुआ की वो क्लिनिक लेट पहुंची हो, वो अपने मरीजों का भी उचित इलाज़ करती है। वो अपने समय की पाबंद हैं, डॉ. भक्ति का स्वाभाव बहुत सहज है।डॉक्टर भक्ति यादव इंदौर की रहने वाली है एवं वो स्त्री रोग विशेषज्ञ हैं, वो इंदौर की पहली महिला डॉक्टर हैं । आप यह जान के हैरान हो जायेंगे की 1948 से भक्ति मरीज़ों बिना किसी फीस के इलाज़ कर रही हैं।

डॉ. भक्ति जी को हमारा सलाम क्योँकि मानव तो हर जगह जन्म लेता है मगर मानवता कहीं कहीं जन्म लेती है।

‘Less-cash’ first, ‘cashless society’ next: PM Narendra Modi appeals in ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio address

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the biggest public push for a 'cashless economy' on his monthly 'Mann ki Baat' radio address+ . He acknowledged that while a 'cashless' society is not immediately possible, and appealed to the people to work towards it by being part of a 'less-cash' society immediately."Learn how this digital economy works. Learn the different ways you can use your bank accounts and internet banking. Learn how to effectively use the apps of various banks on your phones. Learn how to run your business without cash," said PM Modi."Learn about card payments and other electronic modes of payment. Look at the malls and see how they functioning. A cashless economy is secure, it is clean. You have a leadership role to play in taking India towards an increasingly digital economy," he added.

Addressing the role the youth have in the transition to a 'cashless society', he said, "Your father or mother or elder brother at home may not know about these things. But you know how to book train tickets online, you know how to buy things online. You can tell not just your family members, but also small businesses the benefits of digital payments."

"You can teach your folks at home. Not just that, you could teach five neighbours a day. More importantly, if you could teach a push-cart vendor or your vegetable vendor, there is no reason we cannot move towards a cashless India," he said. He also talked up digital payment platforms. He hammered home that there are option where neither smartphones nor internet connections were necessities to carry out cashless transactions. "Transferring money using your mobile is easier than sending a joke on WhatsApp," he said.

Thanking the people and the staff of banks and post offices for their patience in the face of inconvenience following the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000+. He also cautioned those who generate and stash black money, referring to them as those 'refuse to change their ways'. "The whole world is watching us, economists are continually attempting to measure the impact of the demonetisation and how it is being rolled out. We are such a massive nation, with 125 crore people. This is among the largest initiatives of demonetisation ever undertaken," said PM Modi.

He also appealed to the people to be patient in the face of inconvenience caused by the demonetisation. "If you remember, right at the time when I announced the demonetisation, I had said we would take about 50 days for normalcy return to all our lives and to economic activity," he said."There is enormous effort that's going into this. We have the support of the people+ . Lakhs of bank and post office employees are slogging to make this work. None of this would have been possible without all of your support. I thank you all," he added."I understand the inconvenience this has caused+ . But to treat a disease that has plagued our nation for 70 years+ , you can be assured the treatment cannot be simple."

"There are still some people who are looking for ways to convert their black money into white. These people are using poor people for this. I want to tell these people, mending your ways or not mending your ways is up to you. But, don't use poor people for your designs," he warned.

Technology Updates:The OB view from France

Catherine Wright covers the adoption of new imaging technologies by French broadcasters and the French industry’s plans for 2017.French broadcasters have been testing 4K, HDR and VR in 2016 but have yet to push the button on big rollouts for live production. Some however getting close to making the switch to 4K for capture and production, and service providers have been investing and upgrading to anticipate future requirements.

On the whole, it’s safe to say that French broadcasters have been taking a slow approach to adopting UHD for capture, production and transmission of live events. Many of them got burnt by investing heavily in 3D technology when it was all the rage and hyped by manufacturers, only to find viewers never really wanted it. And it wasn’t too long ago that they all had to make the switch to HD technology. Most therefore decided to play it safe in 2016 by conducting trials without making a big commitment.

2016 was the year of the Euros. TF1 was one of the broadcasters involved in producing and transmitting UEFA matches in UHD to telco Orange‘s new 4K set-top box, launched in time for the competition. The setup involved 12 of Sony’s HDC-4300 hybrid cameras (pictured below). “We found it worked well on a technical and editorial level. There were less close-ups and slow-mo shots than with HD, but the images we saw on Orange’s set-top box were a big improvement on the HD ones,” says Olivier Ou Ramdane, TF1’s MD for new business.But the broadcaster doesn’t say when it will adopt the technology more extensively, notably for capture: “We are working on it and can’t reveal more at the stage. But we think that we have overcome most of the technical barriers. And more and more TV sets and set-top boxes have been acquired by the public,” hinting that it could be quite soon. 

Forwarded By:Swamy DN ,

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Obituary-C.Ganesh Kumar, EA, AIR-Jagdalpur, passed away

C.Ganesh Kumar, who was working as Engg Asst. at AIR-Jagdalpur was passed away at11.30 PM on 26.11.2016.He was 50 years old. He was under treatment for cancer.He has left behind wife, a son and married daughter.

Prasar Bharati Parivar prays to the almighty for the peace of the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family.

Source:P V Murali,EA.DDK Jagadalpur

Remembering NIghtingale of Kashmir

Radio Kashmir Srinagar organised a musical tribute to legendary Kashmiri singer ,Padam Shri,Raj Begum on 22 Nov 2016 in Studio 6 in front of select audience.The show went ''live''on air for 90 mts on FM2-103.6MHz of Radio Kashmir to overwhelming response from listeners. Station Head S H Qaisar welcomed the guests/listeners and described the event as first of its kind in memory of an artist of Radio Kashmir ,also because it was going ''live'' on air at the same time. Noted Broadcaster Rasheed Nizami conducted the proceedings.

Sangeet Natak Academy Award winner Raj Begum,“Nightingale of Kashmir” the voice that mesmerized millions for over seven decades died recently. She was 89. She was one of the most recognized female singers in the Kashmir Valley, having rendered hundreds of songs from Radio Kashmir in Srinagar and in live concerts at other places in India and abroad. She started at a time when women were not even allowed to move out of their homes. Singing that time was out of question. Her contribution only allowed female singers to come out and make their mark.Undeterred by criticism from family and relatives, Begum continued to pursue her career shifting from festive marriage singing to melodies and classical singing after she joined Radio Kashmir in the 1950s.

Legendary Bollywood star, Dilip Kumar,the acting legend, who heard her at a hotel in Srinagar in the 1970s, famously eulogised her saying, “As long as Kashmir has Raj Begum its mesmerizing voices shall never die.”

Contributed by :- Shri. Humayun Qaisar ,

Thamizhagathin Mastermind Season One

AIR Chennai is broadcasting Thamizhagathin Mastermind Season One Quiz Programme from 09-11-2016 onwards on FM Rainbow (101.4MHz) on all Mondays at 09.05AM and the same was rebroadcasted on Chennai A(720KHz) on Thursdays at 8.00 P.M. A Medico by profession Dr.Sumanth.C.Raman an experienced and well known Sports Commentator has been conducting this Quiz Programme. It has already completed 53 weeks. Finals and Prize distribution function of Thamizhagathin Mastermind Season One was held on 18-11-2016, Shri.Vijaya Thiruvengadam, Former Station Director graced the function as the Chief Guest and distributed the Prizes. Shri. Santhosh Guru won the Thamizhagathin Mastermind Title. Shri.R.Subash won the Second Prize.

Shri.V.Chakravarthy Head of Programme AIR Chennai, Shri.Nellai Nayagam, DD(E) AIR Chennai, also participated in the function. Shri.V.Chakravarthy gave thematic speech. In his speech Shri.V.Chakravarthy traced contribution of AIR in popularising Quiz among the mass.

Contributed by :- Shree. S.Annamalai Pandian, Program Executive(Publicity).

AIR Kargil Celebrated Constitution Day

The frontier District Kargil Celebrated the Constitution Day which was inaugurated by the Additional Deputy Commissioner Kargil Kacho Turab Shah at Conference Hall Baroo Kargil. All India Radio Kargil also Celebrated the Constitution day at All India Radio Baroo Kargil in which the Deputy Director General DDG (E) Mukesh Kumar and Programme Head, Sonam Angchuk, all the officers and Staff members of the station Participated. The function started with reading of the Preamble and Fundamental Duties aloud in which all the District Officers of Kargil.

While interacting with the Staffs Mukesh Kumar advised all the Staffs of the Station to Know the Constitution, it’s Permeable and the Fundamental Duties and Rights so that they can enjoy democracy with full joy. On the direction of DDG (E) Mukesh Kumar, All India Radio Drass, Tai Suru and Padum and DMC Kargil also Celebrated Constitution Day.

Contributed By ;- RNU AIR Kargil ,

आकाशवाणी संगीत सम्मेलन 2016 की रिकॉर्डिंग का प्रसारण आगामी रविवार (दिनांक 27/11/2016 को) रात्रि में

आकाशवाणी संगीत सम्मेलनए 2016 के अंतर्गत आकाशवाणी भोपाल द्वारा आमंत्रित श्रोताओं की उपस्थिति मेंए विगत 24 सितम्बरए 2016 को आकाशवाणी संगीत सम्मेलनए 2016 में 3 कलाकारों ने अपनी प्रस्तुतियांए भोपाल के रवीन्द्र भवन सभागार में दी थींए जिनमें मुम्बई के हिन्दुस्तानी शास्त्रीय संगीत के गायक श्री संजीव चिम्मलगी ने अपना गायन प्रस्तुत किया था ।

इस संगीत सभा में श्री संजीव चिम्मलगी के शास्त्रीय संगीत गायन की रिकॉर्डिंग का प्रसारण आगामी रविवार (दिनांक 27/11/2016 को) रात्रि 09ण्30 बजे से आकाशवाणी दिल्ली से किया जाएगाए इस प्रसारण को आकाशवाणी भोपाल द्वारा आकाशवाणी दिल्ली से रिले किया जाएगा ।

दवारा सहयोग :- श्री. राजीव श्रीवास्तव ,

Ms. Supriya Sahu, Director General (Doordarshan) visited Doordarshan Ahmedabad

It was a very memorable day for Doordarshan Kendra Ahmedabad as Director General Doordarshan Ms. Supriya Sahu and Shri Salidendra Kumar,ADG (Admin) visited the Kendra.

She had very long interaction with staff and officials of the Kendra and was briefed about the status related to Programme, Engineering and Administration. She appreciated the way the Kendra is maintained. In her remarks as recorded in the visitor’s book, she has quoted DDK, Ahmedabad as best maintained station ever visited by her. 

She also appreciated all the staff members working at the Kendra and have encouraged them to make good programme and increase efforts of revenue generation.

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 Contributed By  ;- S.Annamalai Pandian,Program Executive(Publicity), All India Radio, Chennai ,

Missing Doordarshan — and still not missing it

The evening M. Balamuralikrishna died, I expected my Facebook feed to be overflowing with tributes to the legendary Carnatic vocalist and composer — and sure enough, it was. At 86, he was the melodious roof under which several generations had sought refuge, and with his passing, the roof had suddenly collapsed. Many updated their status messages paying rich tribute, some others posted clips of his songs, and a fortunate few shared pictures in which they had posed with him. And then, I noticed something extraordinary.

A Facebook friend from Ahmedabad — a Gujarati man called Bhavin Adhyaru — had posted a lengthy tribute, in the Gujarati script, to the maestro. Since the hashtag was in English, I knew he too was mourning the loss. But why him — a young man living in faraway Gujarat for whom Carnatic music must be as foreign as Timbuktu is to me? Then I stumbled upon more tributes — from a Bengali friend living in Bangalore, from a Punjabi friend living in Delhi, from a Bihari friend living in Bareilly, from a Kanpur friend who now lives in Himachal Pradesh. What had suddenly awakened their interest in an 86-year-old Carnatic vocalist? The answer wasn’t difficult to guess. Nearly 30 years ago — when we lived in simpler and less-cacophonic times and when the Prime Minister happened to be the young Rajiv Gandhi who wanted to promote national integration — Doordarshan would telecast a six-minute long musical, Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, that intended to show how India, in spite of the different languages and cultures, sang the same tune. Bhimsen Joshi and Lata Mangeshkar too sang in the video, and several Bollywood stars, including Amitabh Bachchan, also made an appearance, but what people still remember most about it is the short Carnatic rendition by Balamuralikrishna. In those few seconds allotted to him, he combined his powerful vocals with a boyish smile to touch even Gujarati and Punjabi hearts. I too paid my tribute to him — in the form of a status message, of course: ‘Had private TV channels existed 30 years ago, the rest of India would have never known who Balamuralikrishna is/was.’ I felt pleased with myself because that is the truth. Private channels have no space for the classical, only commercial (and commercials). They serve you noise in the name of news, Bollywood-related masala in the name of entertainment, and zilch to enhance your cultural awareness. As a result, they are producing an intellectually- and culturally-bankrupt generation.

Ask a 20-year-old who India’s most famous author is and s/he will promptly reply: “Chetan Bhagat!” But ask him or her who is India’s most famous sitar player today — oh well, even I don’t know the answer. I may lack the depth to appreciate classical music or dance, but even as a child, thanks to Doordarshan, I knew who these people were: Ravi Shankar, Amjad Ali Khan, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Bhimsen Joshi, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Zakir Hussain, Birju Maharaj, Raja and Radha Reddy. I have even watched them perform — on Doordarshan, of course — which, in hindsight, was such a privilege. Today, I have no idea who in the current generation has stepped into their shoes. I suddenly miss Doordarshan: how beautifully it held the country together. It had one flaw, though. Since it was (and still is) run by the Government, it blacked out the voice of the Opposition: basically the ruling party decided what was being aired. And, therefore, at the same time, I am also glad that Doordarshan has been elbowed out by private channels. Today, we live in the age of social media, which already has a large number of people vociferously supporting the government (as opposed to the general human tendency of being critical of the Government), and in such a scenario, imagine the country having just one TV channel: the Government-run Doordarshan. 

Source and Credit :-
Forwarded by :- Shri. Jainendra Nigam PB News Desk

Saturday, November 26, 2016

AAA 2013-K.Murugan, Director P &D Unit of DG:AIR-BEST TRAINER AWARD

K.Murugan, Director P &D Unit of DG:AIR, AWARDED THE BEST TRAINER AWARD FOR THE YEAR 2013 for hiscontribution in conducting various training courses/workshops "Digitization of Studio", Digital transmission technology", "DRM technology" and Installation practices etc..conducted couses for ABU countries with member countries participants.

Forwarded by :-Murugan K ,

DD prime time slot winners to telecast from Feb '17

Successful bidders in the third attempt by Doordarshan to attract producers to bid for prime time slots will have to commence telecast of their programmes in February 2017.The last date for bids for the new content acquisition scheme by Doordarshan for its prime time is 25 November 2016, and the bids will be opened the same day. The final list of qualified bidders was announced on 9 December 2016.Financial bids will be opened on 12 December, and the letter of award will be issued on 20 December 2016. Procedural formalities and agreement and PBG Submission will be completed on 7 February 2017.Bidders will have to submit non-refundable tender document fee of Rs 5000 and processing fee of Rs 25000.Earnest money deposit will be Rs 300,000 for each weekday slot. Bidders may apply for one or more slots (if applying for say three slots, the EMD will be Rs 900,000). For the weekend slots, the EMD will be Rs 6,00,000. Bidders may apply for one or more slots. However, the maximum EMD in either case will be Rs 1.5 million irrespective of any number of slots applied for.The bidders will be responsible for the costs associated with the preparation of their bids and their participation in the bidding process. While slotting programmes of successful bidders, DD will give due regard to ensuring a balanced content composition on the channel in respect of variety in formats, genres, themes etc.

There will be no increase in the telecast fee for a period of 12 months from the start of contract. However telecast fee will be increased by 5% of the then existing telecast fee after 12 months and in the event of any further extension after 24 months the telecast fee will be increased by 10% of the then existing telecast fee.The production house should be an Indian entity (individual proprietorship, partnership, company, society, trust etc.) Incorporated/registered/recognised, as the case may be, under the respective applicable laws and in existence for the last 3 financial years.The production house must have produced, for any broadcaster(s), at least 200 hours of general entertainment programming (including Feature Films) in any Indian language that has been telecast in the last three calendar years. Applicants for weekend slots in the genres of reality, game, quiz should have produced 100 hours of such content that has been telecast in the last three calendar years.It should have in regard to TV and Film production a turnover of at least Rs. 30 million per annum in each of the last three financial years. d. The Production House should not be a defaulter in payment of dues to DD at the time of submission of the bid.Consortium will not be allowed in any form.A blacklisting order passed by the Central or State Governments/any PSU should not be in operation against a bidder at the time of the submission of the qualification bid.Details of the sequence of slots On Prime Time of DD National Channel available For Bidding:

Slot Timings Sequence of slots available for Days of the week
1. 7.30 pm to 8.00 pm Monday to Friday, 2. 8.00 pm to 8.30 pm Monday to Friday, 3. 8.30 pm to 9.00 pm Monday to Friday, 4. 9.00 pm to 9.30 pm Monday to Thursday, 5. 9.30 pm to 10.00 pm Monday to Thursday, 6. 10.00 pm to 10.30 pm Monday to Thursday, 7. 10.30 pm to 11.00 pm Monday to Thursday, 8. 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm Sunday, 9. 8.00 pm to 9.00 pm Saturday & Sunday, Bids can be offered for any number of slots, but once a bidder is declared the winner of three slots from Slot 1 to 7, their bids for any other weekday slots further will not be considered. Similarly if a bidder is declared the winner of two slots (from Slot No 8 to 9), their bids for other weekend slots will not be considered.Successful bidder(s) will produce fresh programmes under category of general entertainment programmes, adhering to the programming code and all applicable laws.The duration of each slot is 30 minutes including free commercial time (FCT) of six minutes as per following details::Up to 24 Minutes: Programme (produced by the successful bidder) 240 Seconds: FCT (to be marketed by successful Bidder) 120 Seconds: FCT to be retained by DD for promotion of programme or channels, for advertisements of government departments and PSUs and for public service messages. Banking of FCT: a) Banking will be given to producers @ 60 seconds per slot in the first six months of the contract. b) Redemption of banking will be allowed @ 30 seconds per half hour in the same slot within a period of 12 months beyond the first 6 months.c) Banked FCT will lapse after the expiry of 18 months counting from the first telecast.Successful Bidders may also purchase additional spots or commercial time from DD, depending on availability, on prevailing terms and conditions. Successful Bidders would be free to procure advertisements from all sources within their entitlement of FCT with the exception of Central and State Government clients. Thus bidders will not be allowed to solicit Central and State government advertisements in their allotted commercial time or in the extra time purchased by them. Both Successful Bidders and DD shall have the right to solicit business from PSU clients.The marketing and promotion of the programme on all platforms will be done by the bidders at their own cost.Successful Bidders will be offered cross channel promos of defined number and duration free of cost on DD Channels as decided by the Director General.

Successful Bidders will have to ensure the delivery of telecast material without commercials at least one week in advance for preview and technical clearance by Doordarshan. Doordarshan shall intimate the observations /clearance within 2 (two) working days of the submission of the telecast material in advance for preview and technical clearance. The delivery of final telecast copy in Blu Ray disk with commercials along with one copy without commercials must be made at least three days prior to the date of telecast of programme. The telecast copy must be provided with dope sheet containing all details and duration of programmes and commercials.Successful bidders will be required to adhere to the look and feel of the channel and DD will provide necessary inputs for graphic designs and colour schemes and packaging wherever necessary. The successful bidders will be required to obtain all necessary packaging inputs before submitting its programme to avoid delay and inconvenience. DD may also ask the production House to carry graphics of upcoming programmes and super text including 'coming up', time check, etc.Successful bidders will submit storyline/storyboard and all such information pertaining to the programme to be aired. Submission of pilot episodes may be sought if so required.All programmes will be previewed by DD before telecast.
Telecast and repeat of programmes on DD Successful bidder will offer fresh programmes for telecast on assigned slot of DD National network. The programmes already telecast on any Doordarshan channel or any private channel will not be accepted.DD shall have the right to make a repeat telecast of the programme within 24 hours of the original telecast in a non-prime time slot to be assigned by Doordarshan.

The successful bidder shall be entitled to 150 seconds of FCT out of the total Commercial Time available with the repeat telecast, that it shall be entitled to market. The remaining commercial time shall be marketed by DD.In case of emergency/extraordinary happenings including National mourning etc. if the repeat telecast is not made, the successful bidder will not be entitled to make any claim/seek compensation.As value addition, successful bidders will be additionally allowed two slots on Regional Satellite Channel(s) for telecast of dubbed version of the programmes in respective Regional languages. Such dubbing will be done at the successful bidder’s own cost. The commercial time admissible to the successful bidder along with such slots will be the same as allowed for the first telecast on DD National.The slots offered on DD National Network under Terrestrial Service would primarily cover the Hindi belt Markets. DD reserves the right to delink terrestrial transmitters of non-Hindi regions from DD National Network at its sole discretion.
Only the DD logo will be carried during the telecast of the programme.

Source and Credit :-
Forwarded by :- Shri. Jainendra Nigam, PB News Desk,

AIR to present ‘NE Body Can Sing 2016’ live on Nov 26

All India Radio Kohima is all set to broadcast live of ‘State Final Audition of NE Body can Sing 2016, Season 2” which will be held at the State Academy Hall, Kohima on November 26. This was briefed in a press note issued by AIR Kohima. The live programme is said to begin from 4 pm onwards wherein a total of 12 contestants drawn in from across the State will participate in the contest. Further, the DK Entertainment group from Kohima will also perform apart from other entertainers and artists’. All India Radio Kohima in the release has invited all citizens to witness the show live. Entry to the venue is free. Listeners can also tune into AIR, Kohima at FM 103 MHz and also on 100.9 MHz on mobile phones and on car tapes from 4:00 PM onwards.

Source and Credit :-
Forwarded by :- Shri. Jainendra Nigam, PB News Desk,

DD I&B visits Radio Sharda

Deputy Director Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Inderjeet Garewal today visited Radio Sharda 90.4 FM, a community radio station in Jammu. He was accompanied by 50 delegates who attended a community radio awareness workshop here. He was received by founder Director of Radio, Ramesh Hangloo. Garewal interacted with Management Committee of Radio Sharda including Jagar Nath Sagar, P N Shad, A K Naz, Vijay Sagar, Sarita Raina, Manju Raina, Sujata Pahalwan, Rajni Bhat, Man Mohan Wazir, Vijay Koul, K K Koul etc.

The Committee gave a feed back to visiting Deputy Director regarding selection, preparation and broadcasting of programmes from Radio Sharda. Later addressing the Committee members Garewal expressed his satisfaction over the promotion and propagation of language culture among the displaced people and making programmes for the people living around the vicinity of community radio. In his address Hangloo apprised the visiting dignitary of the role played by Radio Sharda.

Source and Credit :-
Forwarded by :- Shri. Jainendra Nigam, PB News Desk, 

Friday, November 25, 2016

‘‘मन की बात’’ आगामी 27 Nov 2016 (रविवार) को प्रातः 11.00 बजे

भारत के माननीय प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी ,आगामी 27 uoEcj, 2016 (रविवार) को प्रातः 11.00 बजे ,आकाशवाणी से ‘‘मन की बात’’ कार्यक्रम के माध्यम से,देशवासियों से अपने दिल की बात करेंगे ।आकाशवाणी के दिल्ली केन्द्र से प्रसारित होने वाले ‘‘मन की बात’’ कार्यक्रम की ,इस 26वीं कड़ी को, आकाशवाणी भोपाल के साथ-साथ, मध्यप्रदेश स्थित समस्त आकाशवाणीकेन्द्र प्रसारित (रिले) करेंगे, जिसमें विविध भारती भोपाल, इंदौर व जबलपुर एफ.एम.चैनल भी शामिल हैं ।यह कार्यक्रम, आकाशवाणी भोपाल के मीडियम वेव 188.32 मीटर अर्थात् 1593 किलो हर्ट्ज व शार्ट वेव 41 मीटर अर्थात् 7430 किलो हर्ट्ज के साथ-साथ, विविध भारतीभोपाल के एफ.एम. चैनल 103.5 मेगा हर्ट्ज राजगढ़ एफ.एम. के 100.7 तथा पचमढ़ी एफ.एम. के 101 मेगा हर्ट्ज पर, प्रसारित किया जायेगा ।

‘‘मन की बात’’ कार्यक्रम की, इस 26वीं कड़ी का मूल प्रसारण, आगामी 27 uoEcj, 2016 (रविवार) को, प्रातः 11.00 बजे आकाशवाणी दिल्ली से किया जाएगा, यहप्रसारण आकाशवाणी के समूचे नेटवर्क से होगा ,जिसमें मीडियम वेव,शॉर्ट वेव ,एफ.एम.बैंड ,विविध भारती तथा स्थानीय रेडियो केंद्र भी शामिल रहेंगे ।दिल्ली केन्द्र, के इस (मूल) प्रसारण को, आकाशवाणी के सभी केन्द्र तथा एफ.एम.गोल्ड व एफ.एम.रेनवो चैनल भी प्रसारित (रिले ) करेंगे ।माननीय प्रधानमंत्री जी के उक्त मूल प्रसारण को, हिन्दीतर आकाशवाणी के राजधानी केंद्रों द्वारा उसी दिन, अर्थात 27 Nov 2016 को ही रात 08.00 बजे क्षेत्रीयभाषाओं में, क्षेत्रीय नेटवर्क पर प्रसारित (रिले) किया जायेगा !

उल्लेखनीय है कि माननीय प्रधानमंत्री द्वारा देशवासियों से रेडियो के जरिये सीधे बात करने के लिए मन की बात कार्यक्रम की यह 26वीं कड़ी है ।

Contributed By: Rajeev Shrivastava ,


Doordarshan Podhigai in association with Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai organized a grand Dance Festival entitled "PODHIGAI NAATTIYA THIRUVIZHA - 2016" on 20th November, 2016 at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai from 9.00 A.M. to 9.00 P.M.

This Marathon event was organised to celebrate a Natyanjali Festival, first of its kind in the history of Doordarshan Podhigai. Renowned Dance Artists like Urmila Sathyanarayana (Bharathanatyam), Shailaja (Kuchupudi), Sadhanam Balakrishnan (Kathakali), Chennai Tarana Music School (Kathak) showcased their talent depicting our great tradition and culture. Dance performances from Sanhitha (Odissi), Gopika Varma (Mohiniattam) enthralled the viewers through their scintillating performance. Doyens of classical dance were felicitated.Dr.Shailendra Kumar, Additional Director General (A), Directorate General, Doordarshan, Shri T.K.Ramachandran, Principal Secretary of Information Technology Department, Government of Tamil Nadu, Industrialist Dr.Nalli Kuppusamy Chetty, Ms.Vennira Aadai Nirmala, veteran classical dancer and film artiste participated as chief guests in this spectacular extravaganza. 

Contributed By: sivakumar sankaranarayanan ,

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